July Auction Finds


This antique rocker with a fancy double steam-bent seat and face of the mythical Pan detail was a recent find at an auction in Wisconsin. Rocking chairs aren’t in fashion now but if you have a front or back porch they are wonderful for old-time comfort. Since I started this post, a customer bought the rocking chair. I priced it at 50.00 knowing it is hard to sell rockers. He said he remembered his grandfather having one like it.


The mythical goat-horned head of Pan decorated the back rest of the chair.

Next to the chair is a pyrographic side table or plant stand from about 1910. Pyrography became all the rage in the first decade of the 1900s after an electric hot wire wood etching machine was invented. Before that, designs were burned into wood by using a poker heated in a fire. Hence, the name “pokerwork.”


 This table will be offered on eBay where the selling price of the last two listed was 100.00 each.


It must have taken many hours to burn this detailed design into the wood.


If I kept the things I find, I would keep this German imported porcelain “fairing” pig. They are always found in these colors of peachy-pink and green. In the early part of the 1900’s, fairing pigs were fair prizes. The pig has long been a symbol for good-luck in Germany. Marzipan candy pigs are still a popular New Year’s Eve gift in Germany.

Most of the things that were in this first picture sold quickly. But, the small buffet has been in the shop for almost a year, so I’ll mark the price down. Quite a few people wrote down the name of the color (Benjamin Moore’s Camelback) so I’m not sure if the color was a right or wrong choice, but something needs to be done. I’ll lower the price to 175.00.

I always try to use everything that I end up with at an auction and the little shelf is what I was going to write about when I sat down. The shelf, a few metal curtain tie-back holders, and a burlap bag were part of a box lot I won. I wanted the antique wooden batter bowls in the lot. When I turned the burlap bag inside out, it had some wording on it about Michigan Red Kidney Beans. I used it to cover the old brown paper that was once pasted on this home-made kitchen shelf. The one remaining tiny scrap of burlap was just enough to fashion into a burlap flower with a metal tie-back holder to pin it down. Primitive, yes, but it will work to display small things. A shop can always find a use for small shelves.



Talk to you soon,



8 thoughts on “July Auction Finds

  1. I love the rocking chair! And don’t forget every nursery needs a rocking chair. It really is a must for a baby that just won’t fall asleep. I remember 28 years ago we had lived in rural Ohio and I was ready to have my first and only child. Across the the old tar road we lived on was a farmer we knew who was also an auctioneer. Anything that didn’t sell he would dump in a big pile out on his acreage. Well, we had limited funds at the time and I was always pulling treasures out of the pile and taking home. At that time I found an old crude rocking chair that I dragged home, cleaned up and put in the nursery. The only problem was that someone had cut the rockers off too short (why I don’t know) so if I rocked back too far it would tip over! I would have loved to have your beautiful rocking chair!.


    • Denise,
      With the talent and knowledge you have acquired since those early days, you could build a rocker from scratch! I never knew this story, but I can see you in my mind taking a wild ride!


  2. I love looking at antiques and learning their history. I’m not much on antiquing, but only because I haven’t a clue what I’m doing! If I have some time to kill, though, I’ll pop into an antique shop and browse around for hours. I have no clue what I’m looking at or if they are true antiques, but it’s fun just the same!

    It’s impressive to see the craftsmanship in the pieces you have in the photo. NOTHING is made like that anymore!!! I’m glad the gentleman was able to purchase the rocking chair and find some good memories in it. I would love that small buffet in my house!!! The color – from what I can tell in the photo – would be perfect! Alas, there is no space for any additional furniture in ANY room in this house…and the fact that you and I live thousands of miles apart!!! :-(

    I really like the homemade shelf! I can just imagine someone using their creative skills to make this for their home. Necessity is the Mother of invention, and whoever made that just took it all the way!


    • Alycia,
      Most of my favorite things were made by someone who didn’t have much money, but had plenty of imagination. I would like to be a curator for a museum filled with “Make Do” inventions. Wouldn’t that be a good job for me?


  3. Ginene, I love the the soft color of the buffet! Did you paint this? And that little pig pot. :) That is so cute. I’ve never heard of a fairing pig. Hope it all sells quickly… Joanne


    • Hi Joanne,
      Thank you for stopping by. Yes, I painted the buffet. I’m doing a lot more painting of furniture if it is common wood and the finish isn’t good. I’m changing with the times…


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